But 10 short minutes into a video game, when he is starting to really enjoy himself, the phone rings, and Faulk makes the mistake of answering. It's the mother of a friend in New Orleans, and over the speakerphone she's describing a number of recent tragedies, some that have befallen family, others suffered by mutual acquaintances.
The timing of the call is unfortunate, but Faulk is too fine a friend to tell her that. He keeps playing.
"They put her in the hospital," the caller is saying, her voice bright with alarm. "Isn't that terrible?"
Da-dong da-dong da-dong....
"I know she'll be O.K., but still...."
Blit BLAT blot....
"You know what I mean, Marshall?"